Report for our Open Meeting held on Thursday, 27 April

Our Chairman June opened the meeting by welcoming all members and visitors, then proceeded to explain the position of the Fire Exits and Health and Safety points such as Trip Hazards with coats and handbags.

Some members attended the funeral of our member Barbara Kirby. Some of the flowers had also been made by members.  We were also reminded of several members who are unwell at the moment, Olive King, Jenny Moore, and Nell Perries.

Mandy was thanked for the production of the Newsletter, and everyone including the staff at Inspirations was thanked for either modelling or helping in any way at all with the Fashion Show. This had been a very well-attended, successful event. The amount raised will be confirmed at our next meeting.  Both Jenny Payne and Jan Richardson were thanked for the lovely welcoming basket flower arrangements in the foyer.


Friday, 5 May is national Flower Arranging Day. Members are asked to produce an arrangement in a basket, or a small posy or hand tied to be left in a suitable location, along with a card with the contact details for your club. Take a photo of this and email to:

We have a proposed outing to Power of the Past at Bentwaters. The date is going to be 29 June, and we must have 30 people attending to be able to go. As coach travel is so expensive it was decided best to travel by private cars and to take as many people as possible. The time of the visit is proposed for 2pm. The cost is £15 per person including refreshments. There is lots to see at the museum for both males and females. If you are interested in going, please contact our Chairman June on: 01394 384803 or our Secretary Carol on: 01394 383666.

Also planned for Thursday, 17 August at 6pm, we will be visiting the Southwold Flower Company. Post Code IP18 6SI. This is set in four acres in the Suffolk countryside and is planted with many beautiful blooms. Walk in the rows and rows of flowers, drinking in the colours.  Again, it will be travel in your own car and with as many people as you can. The visit will be be followed by refreshments for a cost of £5 per person.

June then introduced our good friend and National Demonstrator Barbara Collins from Peterborough, whose theme was “Flora Bouquet”. Barbara started her demonstration by thanking Marilyn, for all the help given to get ready for the demonstration and she suggested that all clubs should have a “Marilyn”. She proceeded to demonstrate seven most beautiful arrangements in a many different pots, trays, and baskets. Some of these were foam free, others were using the newest bio-degradable foam. We are all having to think of the planet, not just with foam for arranging in but also using plastics in ribbons, containers and embellishments and wrapping. The new foam is much improved on the last product. It holds water much better and is not so crumbly. Slightly more pressure is needed to insert the stems.

Barbara introduced us to the newish houseplant called Blue Fern. It’s an evergreen plant that grows quite large and is said to purify the oxygen in the house. While using any number of the following flowers and foliage, Hyacinths, Pink Tulips, Hard Ruscus, Lilac Anthuriums, Aspidastra, small Sunflowers, Lisianthus, Alstromeria, Pussy Willow, Roses, Liatris, Senecio, Carnations, Phlox, and Clematis, Barbara enthralled us with stories of her large family get-togethers, “Dave” the rescue man, and her Husband who (like most husbands) is not receptionist material.  Barbara thanks us for inviting her again. However, our whole evening had been a huge riot of colour and giggles thanks to her. Elsie our President gave the vote of thanks, echoing the thoughts of us all, a truly brilliant entertaining evening was had by all.  This was followed by refreshments and a choice of gorgeous cakes.

June thanked everyone for coming and wished all a safe journey home. Some lucky members or guests went home with arrangements won in the raffle.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, 25 May when we will be joined by David Garnett from Garnett’s Garden Centre. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start. The first visit is free. 

Mandy Pryke